Lining up for Batman

Midnight showings for The Dark Knight Rises – which hits theaters July 20 – went on sale about a week ago and sold out in record time.

Entertainment Weekly talked to the site Fandango, which sells movie tickets online, and as they told writer Darren Franich, it’s kind of odd to have movie tickets for sale this far in advance.

For example, Cameron sold Avatar tickets in advance, but it was only four months before the movie was released.

Then again, there is clearly a lot of pent-up demand for Dark Knight Rises, at least judging by the results of a recent AMC poll which surveyed fans watching the prologue for Dark Knight before Mission Impossible in IMAX theaters.

So it comes as little surprise that tickets for the midnight New York screening hit Craigslist at an initial price of $100, a figure which quickly increased on other sites.

As we’ve previously discussed on TG, there’s obviously been a lot of pressure with Dark Knight Rises being the last Batman with Christian Bale and Chris Nolan, and as Bale told EW: “I can tell you the truth because I’m done with it: I felt immense pressure. I think it’s a good pressure, because you owe it to the films.”

At the end of it all on the last day of shooting, as he took the batsuit off, he told himself, “Hold on a sec. Let me take a moment. This is it. I’m never going to have this claustrophobia [inside the suit] again!’ So I had to pause. I had to.”

The Dark Knight is set in a dysfunctional Gotham inspired by A Tale Of Two Cities – the classic novel by Charles Dickens published more than 150 years ago.

“You really think this is going to last? There’s a storm coming Mr. Wayne,” Selina Kyle tells Bruce Wayne in the Rises trailer. 

“You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits you’re all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.”

Although veteran director Christopher Nolan acknowledged certain parallels between the movie and OWS’s message about the 99%, he emphasized that Rises was conceptualized over three years ago, long before the birth of the movement.